Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
February 1, 2013
At its zenith, Mustang Week swelled the Myrtle Beach Mall with 2,500 cars and 10,000 spectators, but it’s more than a big gathering. It’s just a fun celebration of Mustang culture.

We always look forward to getting out into the world and seeing Mustangs in their element. It's always a great time to get out, see cars, and talk to enthusiasts. Events are great, but there are always a few that receive special attention on our calendars. For your scribe, the top event on the calendar has become Mustang Week.

For years, we couldn't seem to justify an entire week out of the office to cover one event. That was until we made it to our first Mustang Week several years ago. The paradigm shifted from that moment, and ever since we can imagine not carving out a week to head up to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for this annual celebration of all things Mustang.

For the uninitiated, you might not get it yet, but those that have become Mustang Weekers, there's a different vibe to this event than any other we have attended. Not only does it encompass a number of different events -- showing, auto-crossing, drag racing, and more -- in one event, but it also fuses all that with the fun of a family vacation.

That's probably why the feel is far more upbeat and fun than it is competitive and back-biting. Everyone rolls into Myrtle Beach to enjoy Mustangs and have a great time. That's always our mission too, but part of our good time is attempting to capture the goings on in words and pictures. If you were there, enjoy the reminders that follow. If you weren't it's time to put Mustang Week on your bucket list.

Meet 'N' Greet

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People like to get their gear early in the week before the availability of sizes starts to shrink. This line snaked around the Palace Theater for hours. After all, if you are going to Mustang Week, you want your friends to know it.

Autocross & Fun Runs

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Drag Night

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Car Show

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The car show finally hit the big time, as the Blue Oval rolled its Mustang Customizer trailer onto the property. There was a line for days as people virtually customized ’13 Mustangs to their liking and took home free T-shirts for their trouble.

Cruise In

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My Ride
Fortunate would be an understated way of describing my Mustang Week chariots. I've been lucky enough to borrow a string of new Ford Mustangs to drive around the events of the week. From a GT500 to a Mustang GT to a Boss 302, the list is impressive to say the least. Each of those cars attracted lots of attention and compliments throughout the week.

This year my ride was a '13 Mustang. That's right, just a Mustang. Meaning it was a V-6 Mustang. One powered by the 3.7-liter V-6. Oh, and did I mention it was an automatic?

At first I was a bit disappointed. However, I've really wanted to spend some time in a sixer. I hadn't driven one in months. There was a time I wouldn't consider being caught in a V-6 automatic. Those times are long gone, however. The latest V-6 Mustang lacks the performance of its big brothers in the Mustang line, but it's still a fun car to drive.

Moreover, the latest Mustangs look great, and are available with almost all the toys of their larger-engined siblings. So, while we missed the power under the pedal, we surely appreciated the impressive fuel mileage as we drove all over the Grand Strand.

After spending a week in the car, I started considering it as a viable daily driver. Sure I'd want to mod it, but I certainly wouldn't be shy about owning one. It could be a really cool ride with the right upgrades.

Car Show Winners

Category Car Owner Year Model
Palmetto Ford Best ’13 Sue Sloan 2013 GT
Best Roush J.B. Buell 2012 Roush
Best ’12-’13 Susan Edwards 2012 Boss 302
Best Female Owned Mary Beth Holley 2012 Shelby GT500
Palmetto Ford Sponsors Choice Brian Coller 2012 Boss 302
Best ’10-’12 Shelby John Sloper 2011 Shelby GT500
Palmetto Ford Best ’10-’12 Julia Mccombs 2010 GT
Best Saleen Derek Holley 2008 Saleen
Best ’07-’09 Shelby Kenneth Small 2008 Shelby GT500KR
Best Specialty Hugh Daniel 2008 Roush
best ’08 Bullitt Patrick C. Park 2008 Bullitt
Best Ford Specialty Richard Belyski 2007 Shelby GT
Best GT/CS Ron Heidenreich 2007 GT/CS
Palmetto Ford Best ’05-’09 Eric Hege 2006 GT
Most Outrageous Tim Selby 2005 V6
Best ’03-’04 Mach1 Gary Proffitt 2004 Mach 1
Palmetto Ford Best ’99-’04 Bill Mears 2004 Mach 1
Best ’03-’04 Cobra Tim Wiley 2003 SVT Cobra
Best Engine Daniel Pierce 2003 GT
Best Lightning Eric Gray 2003 SVT Lightning
Best ’01 Bullitt Scott Critchlow 2001 Bullitt
Best Steeda Eris Morris 1998 Steeda
Best ’96-’98 Cobra Jeanne Nemoga 1997 SVT Cobra
Best SVT Justin Osterland 1996 SVT Cobra
Best ’94-’98 Jim Pennington 1995 GTS
Best ’94-’95 Cobra Chase Coleman 1995 SVT Cobra
Low Mileage Orig Scott Knight 1992 GT
Best of Show Charles Cartrette 1991 LX
Best ’87-’93 Ricky Williams 1990 GT
Most Likely to Attract Law Enforcement Michael Hicks 1990 LX
Fox Mustang Restoration Best Modified ’79-’93 Randall Snider 1985 GT
Fox Mustang Restoration Best Original ’79-’93 Christopher Yerges 1985 SVO
Best ’79-’86 Charles Helms 1984 LX
5.0 Mustang & Super Fords Editor’s Choice Award Robert S. Miller 1981 LX
Best ’74-’78 Tom McJunkin 1978 Mustang II Mach I
Best ’71-’73 Andy Case 1973 Mach 1
Best ’69-’70 Boss Steve McPherson 1970 Boss 302
Best ’69-’70 Ed Crosswhite 1970 Mustang
Best ’69-’73 Mach 1 James W. Bryant 1969 Mach 1
Best ’67-’68 Timothy Lawrence 1968 Mustang
Best Paint Paul Witalis 1968 Mustang
Best ’641⁄2-’66 Gary Pruitt 1965 Mustang
Bill Jones Award Bradley Gray 1965 Shelby 350